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Plague : a story of science, rivalry, and the scourge that won't go away

Author: Edward Marriott
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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In this recounting of medical and human history, Marriott takes us back to Hong Kong in the summer of 1894, when a diagnosis of plague brought two top scientists to the island--Alexandre Yersin, a lone, maverick French bacteriologist, and his eminent rival, the Japanese Shibasaburo Kitasato. Marriott interweaves his narrative of their competition to discover the plague's source with scenes of the scourge's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Marriott
ISBN: 0805066802 9780805066807 0805075151 9780805075151
OCLC Number: 50028626
Notes: Originally published: The plague race : United Kingdom : Picador, 2002.
Description: 302 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Plague race
Responsibility: Edward Marriott.
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In this recounting of medical and human history, Marriott takes us back to Hong Kong in the summer of 1894, when a diagnosis of plague brought two top scientists to the island--Alexandre Yersin, a lone, maverick French bacteriologist, and his eminent rival, the Japanese Shibasaburo Kitasato. Marriott interweaves his narrative of their competition to discover the plague's source with scenes of the scourge's persistence: California in 1900, when plague arrived in the United States; Surat, India, in 1994, where torrential floods drowned millions of rats, causing the worst outbreak in seventy years; and New York City, some time in the future, where there is a rat for every human being, a diminishing budget for pest control, and an emerging strain of plague that is resistant to antibiotics.--From publisher description.

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